19 August 2014

The Week in Lighting & Sound

The Week in Lighting & SoundHogmanay Date - Lily Allen is to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens, organisers have announced. The Londoner will bring in the New Year with a performance in West Princes Street Gardens. It will be Lily's last show of her 2014 world tour and follows her second No 1 album Sheezus. Lily said, "I've always wanted to spend Hogmanay in Scotland so the fact that I get to do it this year but performing onstage in front of a whole load of people up for the best time makes it extra special. I can't wait." Steve ... More >>

Robe gets Art of Light treatment at DanceValley

Robe gets Art of Light treatment at DanceValleyThe Netherlands - The main stage design at this year's Dutch EDM event DanceValley was designed by 250K with lighting by Andre Beekmans from The Art of Light featuring nearly 230 Robe moving lights. The one day music extravaganza at Spaarnwoude, near Amsterdam was attended by 40,000 people who came to enjoy a sizzling line up including Steve Angello, Nicky Romero, DJ Chuckie and others on the main stage, together with eight other major action-packed arenas of dance music. Beekmans used the Robe moving lights - 150 x LEDBeam 100s and 77 ... More >>

Munich's Deutsches Theater chooses Meyer Mina

Munich's Deutsches Theater chooses Meyer MinaGermany - For its recent audio upgrade, the Deutsches Theater in Munich, Germany has selected a Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeaker system due to its impressive power-to-size ratio and sonic performance. With the Mina loudspeaker's small footprint measuring just more than 51 cm long, the technical staff at the 1,500-seat Deutsches Theater was initially sceptical. "We first thought we would need boxes with at least two eight-inch drivers for such a large house," says Stephan Kirschner, sound engineer for the Deutsches Theater. "But ... More >>

Chauvet Professional glows through Glastonbury

Chauvet Professional glows through GlastonburyUK - The characteristic power and colour of Chauvet Professional's lighting range let its presence be known across several music stages and live production areas at this year's Glastonbury festival. At the Temple stage on The Common, lighting designer Paul De Villiers provided a set to complement the video-mapped exterior design of the stage structure using the popular, powerful and versatile, Chauvet Professional Legend 412Z wash fixture and the full extent of its 8- to 33-degree zoom range to create a very wide beam stretching across ... More >>

DiGiCo SD5 mixes World War musical

DiGiCo SD5 mixes World War musicalBelgium - Set during the First World War, 14-18 - The Musical is a very ambitious musical theatre production. With the 1900-strong audience sat on a moving bleacher within a vast set, an innovative audio design was key to its success. A DiGiCo SD5 digital mixing console was the logical choice for co sound designer Guido Olischlager. Set in Mechelen's vast Nekkerhal, an hour west of Brussels, the show is produced by entertainment company Studio 100 and features a set the size of two football pitches. The mobile bleacher moves the ... More >>

ETC Cobalt goes clubbing at Circo Loco in Rome

ETC Cobalt goes clubbing at Circo Loco in RomeItaly - From humble beginnings in a then almost unknown club in Ibiza in 1999, the Circo Loco super-club has quickly grown to become a global brand. Young - and young at heart - people flock to DC10 and other clubs on the island to dance to some of the best DJs in the world, under one of the world's best club-lighting rigs. In July, Italian promoters Andrea and Antonio took the event back to their homeland, with an all-night event at the Stadio Dei Marmi arena in Rome, with lighting controlled by ETC's new Cobalt desk. Many of ETC's ... More >>

Avolites and Avolites Media deliver the magic

Avolites and Avolites Media deliver the magicUK - The busy summer of festivals has shown no signs of slowing down just yet, with Avolites and Avolites Media storming onto the scene for another weekend at Secret Garden Party 2014 with five stages controlled by Avolites, and Avolites Media featured on the main stage. The festival, held in Abbots Ripton, welcomed a huge and eclectic line up of acts including headliners Fat Freddy's Drop, Public Enemy and Little Dragon, to cement its position as one of the most hotly anticipated festivals of the year. The boutique weekender attracted ... More >>

Outline GTO reinforces Il Divo in Cork

Outline GTO reinforces Il Divo in CorkIreland - In late June a capacity crowd of 18,000 gathered at Musgrave Park in Cork as the multi-national vocal supergroup performed their 2013 album A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs Of Broadway Live. Joined for the night by The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, who also performed a full programme of popular music, the five-hour event featured several well-known Irish acts in support. Formed in 2004, Il Divo have sold over 26m albums, their global popularity being at least partially attributable to their ability to record in ... More >>

Admin fees waived in ETCP exams initiative

Admin fees waived in ETCP exams initiativeUSA - In order to keep the ETCP examinations fresh and current, the subject matter experts have written new questions for the Entertainment Electrician examination. ETCP is set to launch these questions 15 October 2014. To gather the statistical data necessary to properly score the exam, it is essential that as many entertainment electricians as possible are tested from 15 October through15 December. To further this initiative, the test administration fee of $675 for groups of 10 or more will be waived during this time. Candidate ... More >>

Hippotizers join Electric Daisy Carnival in UK

Hippotizers join Electric Daisy Carnival in UKUK - Originating from the USA, Electric Daisy Carnival made its second trip to the UK this July, transforming Milton Keynes's outdoor National Bowl into a 28m pixel entertainment spectacle. Aside from the music, the video production delivered a spectacular environment with LED screens surrounding all 360 degrees of the national bowl and with weird and wonderful performers and the combination of LED light displays, pyrotechnics and lasers, it was clear that Electric Fly wanted to make the event just as visually appealing as the music ... More >>

Martin Professional raises the bar at Space Moscow

Martin Professional raises the bar at Space MoscowRussia - The nightlife culture changed dramatically in the Russian capital of Moscow with the grandiose opening of Space Moscow, a huge entertainment venue and nightclub designed to match the style of the original Space Club in Ibiza, Spain. To create a mesmerizing experience, Vitally Perepelin, lighting designer for Space Moscow, deployed over 70 Martin Professional lighting fixtures, fog machines, and lighting consoles. The Space Ibiza club is a long-time active user of Martin lighting solutions, so when the franchise was brought to ... More >>

Florida Baptist church converts with Symetrix

Florida Baptist church converts with SymetrixUSA - The sound system at Trinity Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida is quite sophisticated for a sanctuary that seats approximately 800 congregants. It delivers left-centre-right imaging to nearly every seat from multiple loudspeaker positions, including six time-delayed left-center-right zones that cover the areas farthest from the pulpit. This system was installed by Pro Sound & Video in 2004 and although the loudspeakers and amplifiers have held up well, the original DSP processing system that performed the complex routing and ... More >>

Projection Studio at Edinburgh Tattoo

Projection Studio at Edinburgh TattooUK - Projection artist Ross Ashton and his company The Projection Studio are again making a massive impact at Edinburgh's world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, producing fabulous giant projections which are mapped onto the castle wall and running throughout the epic spectacle. The event's chief executive and producer is Brigadier David Alfrey and this year's theme is Our Home, Friends and Family with hundreds of Commonwealth participants playing a part in the show in a big year for Scotland, which has just hosted the ... More >>

Bose RoomMatch selected for Edmonton theatre

Bose RoomMatch selected for Edmonton theatreCanada - The Mayfield Dinner Theatre is one of the leading live entertainment venues in Edmonton, Alberta, producing five new comedies, dramas and musicals every season, six days a week. The sound for a theatre with that much variety has to be exceptional and versatile, so last summer Edmonton-based AV integrator Production World teamed with Bose Professional Systems to install a new sound system and ensure that there was even coverage to all tables and seats. The new system consists of Bose RoomMatch Progressive Directivity Array ... More >>

Cadac fronts Funktion-One rigs for Space parties

Cadac fronts Funktion-One rigs for Space partiesSpain - The most iconic Ibiza club of them all - Space - celebrated its 25th anniversary with a massive birthday bash, centred on its outdoor Flight Club arena, on 13 July. Regular Ibiza sound specialists, Project Audio, deployed one of the most sophisticated Funktion-One systems in the world, powered by Full Fat Audio amps with XTA processing, and all fronted by a Cadac CDC four digital compact console. The club's earlier 2014 season Opening Fiesta on 25 May, saw the Funktion-One rig fronted with a Cadac Live1 analogue console. ... More >>

Elation Flex LED highlights Mötley Crüe coaster

Elation Flex LED highlights Mötley Crüe coasterUSA - Heavy metal icons Mötley Crüe are out on what could be their final tour before retiring and drummer Tommy Lee is going out in style atop a custom-made 'Crüecifly' drum coaster, aka the Tommy Coaster, lined with effects from Elation Flex LED Pixel Tape. Over the years, Tommy Lee has continually come up with creative ways to fly his drum kit with the latest incarnation a type of rollercoaster that has him bolted on and flying and flipping through concert venues. The truss structure required some dressing however and Matt Mills, ... More >>

Carlsbro reveals all at Bloodstock festival

Carlsbro reveals all at Bloodstock festivalUK - Carlsbro sponsored this month's Bloodstock Open Air 2014, supplying an awesome backline array for the festival's multiple stages. In a backstage artist demo cabin, the company gave the guitar world its first sight - and sound - of a new, ground up design, amp head - the Apex. Apex is an all-new "feature rich", 100 watt head design, boasting "an astounding sonic palette, outstanding power and grunt, and a unique dark and beautiful lacquered wood finish that distinguishes it from afar". The backstage demo room provided the ... More >>

Days of Future Past premieres with K2

Days of Future Past premieres with K2USA - For the launch of the summer blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox staged its worldwide premiere at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre on midtown Manhattan's west side, NY. The debut of the $200m-plus film, attended by Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and other stars, was a huge event filling a hall inside the cavernous Javits Centre and illuminating a 75ft-wide screen hung on the hall's north wall. The showing also had to be able to reproduce the film's bombastic 5.1 ... More >>

Hamburg studio invests in Yamaha Nuage

Hamburg studio invests in Yamaha NuageGermany - Founded in 1989 by recording engineer Hans-Joachim Kloock and sound engineer / Foley artist Arne Damman, Hamburg-based M&E Studios GmbH provides post-production services to all of the major German television production companies. Long-term users of Steinberg Nuendo DAW software, the studio has recently invested in a Yamaha Nuage system, which has made a very positive difference to its workflow. Hans, Arne and scoring specialist Daniela Mükisch have used Nuendo since version 2 was released, back in 2003. The team prides itself ... More >>

PR Lighting LED Studio shipping now

PR Lighting LED Studio shipping nowChina - Following hot on the heels of the recently launched LED Studio 3205D for large-scale applications, PR Lighting has announced that the new LED Studio 3203T/3203D fixtures - the latest additions to this product portfolio - are now ready for shipment. Whereas their predecessor houses a single 500W LED source the new LED Studio 3203T/D contains a 250W LED - making it suitable for the TV studio, theatre and multi-functional situations as well as commercial display. Unlike the LED Studio 3205D this latest model boasts two different ... More >>

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